A Prayer for Casting Our Burdens Upon the Lord
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah Psalm 68:19Lord Jesus, there’s no Savior as compassionate, kind-hearted, engaged and “daily” as you. How will we ever be able to give you the thanks and praise of which you are so worthy? As this day begins I feel like I’m carrying seventeen backpacks of weariness and worries. My shoulders are not broad enough; my heart is not big enough; my wisdom is not deep enough. O merciful and mighty Jesus, as I fall down before you, I upload these needs to you.
Jesus, it’s only because you bore the burden of the law’s demands and judgment for me; it’s only because you say to me, “Cast all your care upon me, for I care for you” (1 Pet. 5:7); it’s only because you call to me, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28) that I will neither deny my needs nor ignore the burdens of others. Only you know why there’s such an avalanche of broken stories converging on my doorstep at this time. Where else can I go but to you?
Help me not be afraid of the emotional messiness that certain burdens bring. Help me know how to rely on your presence more than I rely on my words. I want to be aware of my limits, for sure, but I want to be even more aware of your limitless mercy, grace, power, and peace.
For the faithful friend facing an unexpected triple by-pass heart surgery today; for more stories of divorce papers being served and family ties being severed; for the couple whose two-year wait to welcome their adoptive child just ended childlessly, again; for Christian friends who are acting like children vying for the last cookie; for the young woman whose eating disorder continues to consume her mind and body; for missionaries running out of money and mercy; for two churches I love in which gossip is presently more powerful than the gospel; for those who keep this reoccurring theme always before me, “This is too much, I cannot and will not go on”…
Jesus, I bring all of these stories and friends to your throne of grace, and I will seek to fulfill “the law of Christ”—the law of love, the way of the gospel—as you give me strength, wisdom, and grace. Come back soon, please Lord, make all things right and all things new. Please Lord, come back soon. So very Amen I pray, in your persistent and sufficient name I pray.